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‘Blame the players’, Arteta says players are not performing well enough

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Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta, understands why the fans are so upset about the current Arsenal side, but insists that it is the players that are to blame and not manager, Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners were booed of the pitch on Saturday are losing 2-0 at home to Swansea and that result leaves them in 10th place, 15 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Mikel Arteta accepts the criticism that is being aimed at Arsenal and admits that they have to turn things around quickly.

“They’ve got all the right to be upset with us,” said Arteta. “We can’t keep asking them to be behind us if afterwards we don’t give them back what they deserve. So it’s up to us.

“We have to respect what they do. We will get criticised and it’s part of our job, but the main thing is everyone gives 100 per cent and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“We can’t keep asking the fans to stay behind us. They will be very frustrated and it’s up to us to put it right.

“I think they’ve been understanding until now. Hopefully they can be with us because it will be better for everyone.

“But, as well, it’s very understandable that they have to shout. They are disappointed and the only chance they have is on a Saturday on the football pitch.

“When there are bad results, obviously everyone will be criticised. Not only the manager but the players and the staff, we are no different. It’s our fault if we haven’t done it.”

Arteta hasn’t flown to Greece with the side for the Champions League game as he is one of several first-team players being rested for the tie.

Alex William Batt

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